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Dubai 2010 – I February 27, 2010

Posted by Khawarizmiya in Dubai, entertainment.
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Some good times in Dubai, captured by my first camera.. (true story).

Canon Meets Dubai..

"Dum Dum needs some Gum Gum" -- Aquarium @ Dubai Mall

Dubai Underwater Zoo @ Dubai Mall

Hello Cutie!

Waterfalls @ Dubai Mall

Dubai Ice Rink.... obviously.

Beautiful Scene next to Burj Khaleefa

Burj Khaleefa - It's actually straight.

Dubai Fountain - Simply Magnificent.

Taking An Action – Click 1 February 8, 2010

Posted by Khawarizmiya in Psycho.
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Take Action Now..

But before you look around you, look inside you.

What do you want to change about you?

What have you been whining about lately, what negative habits have you been talking about wanting to lose?

What plans have you been planning to “start planning for” sometime soon?

Stop.

Take a Moment.

Don’t think anymore.

..

Just Take An Action.



“Take an Action” February 6, 2010

Posted by Khawarizmiya in Western Culture.
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I don’t know how exactly or when did I find myself subscribed to the “American Family Association” ‘s mailing list.

The “AFA” is a non-profit, pro-family organization whose online “action site” promotes traditional family values, focusing primarily on the influence of television and other media on the American society.  What I liked about AFA’s e-mails that I keep receiving, and which they refer to as Action Alerts, is how they always include a way to take action now within the e-mail (or website). I respect that there’s always a facilitated way to actually take an action within their e-mails that are usually discussing one or more family/society threatening dilemmas, instead of just spamming people with endless e-mails and stopping at that point.  Instead, they show you how to TAKE AN ACTION NOW (see image below).

The "Take An Action" Link in AFA's E-mails

The "Take an Action" Link in AFA's E-mails

When they were protesting about Obama’s new health system, the “take an action” would redirect you to send an e-mail to your local governer explaining your reasons of rejecting the new policy; when they were angry at Pepsi Co for arranging pro-gay marriage parades, the “take an action” was to sign a petition and send e-mails directly to their managers.

Whether those petitions and/or e-mails are effective enough or not is something I can’t judge. Still though, it makes sense to be proactive and try to “take an action” regarding the things you dislike instead of just blabbering about them endlessly and critisizing them loudly wherever you go.

It sounds appealing to me, to be a little more quiet, a little less talkative, a little more proactive, and a little more effective, towards problems around us.  It’s time to focus.  It’s time to diagnose the problems more wisely, and try to correct them more calmly, and effectively.

عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيّ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُولُ:  مَنْ رَأَى مِنْكُمْ مُنْكَرًا فَلْيُغَيِّرْهُ بِيَدِهِ، فَإِنْ لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَبِلِسَانِهِ، فَإِنْ لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَبِقَلْبِهِ، وَذَلِكَ أَضْعَفُ الْإِيمَانِ

MVCC: Model-View-Controller-Confusion February 3, 2010

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The Model-View-Controller (MVC) is an architectural pattern used in web development frameworks to separate the application logic implementation (Model) from the GUI design and presentation (View), enabling independent development, testing and maintenance of each.

Model View Controller


MVC web application frameworks include Oracle’s ADF Framework, Microsoft’s ASP .NET MVC Framework, PHP Faces, and many others.

The Question is..

Can you really completely develop in your Model logic in isolation from the View representation – and I don’t mean the usage of standard ways of exposing Model project methods to the View, using a Data Control, for instance, when necessary- ?

What I mean is the following.. You come across situations where you need to access the View Session for example from your Model project to obtain a certain value necessary for a Model project method. Ideally, you shouldn’t be having any methods that require View-Session data!  But due to shortages/limitations in the Framework we’re using now, that -with no doubt- cannot provide us with what we need without having to use such workarounds, we had to find a way to cross the boundaries.

SURPRISINGLY..

.. There are multiple ways provided by the framework to access the View project from the Model project.  Framework Consultants tell you that once you start considering the usage of such methods, then you must be doing something wrong. Well, pardon me, but if it’s wrong, then why is it there in the first place?

What Would You Do?

Would you re-visit your Application business and see how to enable the separation of the Model logic implementation from the View implementation?

Would you re-engineer your Data Model?  Or revise the technical approach you took into developing the required business?


OR.. SIMPLY..

Would you just simply use those methods provided for you to actually cross the MVC boundaries?  ;-)

Avatar 3D: Masterpiece January 31, 2010

Posted by Khawarizmiya in entertainment, Western Culture.
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I had heard many positive reviews about the movie Avatar, before I went to see it. They were mostly about how good the graphics were, and how revolutionary the 3D technology used in the movie was.

I hesitated for few weeks .. I’m not exactly a sci-fi person.

“Blue creatures? Flying Dragons? Gimme a break.”

Blue Creatures - I KNOW!

Visually Stunning Experience

Now that I’ve seen it, I can confidently say that Avatar is by far one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. In fact, it’s like nothing I’ve seen before!! A visually stunning movie by all means. For the first time, I sat there watching flying dragons and blue creatures, not feeling bored or dull AT ALL.  The 3D curved creatures and objects were beyond amazing. Nothing looked fake, they all moved so naturally and realistically. You could almost feel their skin, or climb their trees.

The way events and focus moved from real-life people to 3D Pandora creatures and/or avatars was smooth and charming. I didn’t sense any gaps in between. It was truly extraordinary.

Jake Sully and His Avatar

Shocking Plot!

But the part that impressed and amused me the most about Avatar was the plot. Some reviewers find the plot cheesy, with all the lame human-alien romance stuff, but aside from the romance, the movie included a little of everything else: comedy, action, drama and politics.

Yes, politics, and that’s -surprisingly- the BEST part!  Who could’ve pictured Hollywood producing a movie that openly criticizes the US foreign policy, like has Avatar?  The complete package of injustice practiced by US govt. & army and greedy corporations was pointed out clearly throughout the movie….

Exploitation of natural resources by multinational corporations with established colonies in the invaded countries; the extreme unjustified cruelty practiced by US army towards the natives of the land; the lack of understanding and appreciation of the natives’ sacred spots/objects/figures, and the list goes on.

Cruelty of US Army Exposed

I truly enjoyed watching every minute of the movie. Thank you James Cameron for the wonderful result of 10-years work and preparation of this masterpiece.  (No surprise about it, after all, he is Canadian!)

So, who’s free this weekend? I’m on for a second round…

More 2009 Lame Wisdoms! January 12, 2010

Posted by Khawarizmiya in Psycho.
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Keep writing you say, Eh? Fine.. then here are more of my wisdoms, learnt throughout the year 2009..  hmmm, or not. It might have been 2008, or 07, perhaps 06. Not so sure.. Anyways..

19. IT Consultants are highly overrated.

20. A paper’s first-author is not necessarily the one who put the greatest effort in it.

21. Give more of your time, while you can, to your parents. Seek their ridaa and prayers.

22. A good college GPA serves you pretty well…forever.

23. Oracle’s approach to web development is messy.

24. Although the sooner the “No” the better, still, consider it really well before you let it out.

25. Start worrying when it comes to your knowledge that people of your own religion and/or race are in desperate need of help & support, or facing a disaster somehow, and it means nothing to you.

26. A rejected research paper = a revised, corrected paper for free.

27. The new world order’s twisted agenda is moving forward, worldwide, in a scary pace.

28. The less you listen to music/songs, the easier you absorb the meanings of Quran verses when you listen to them or read them.

29. Twitter is so lame, I totally lost interest in it.

30. Everything in our daily life is implemented using a PL/SQL query, one way or another.

My 2009 Wisdoms January 9, 2010

Posted by Khawarizmiya in Psycho.
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OK I know this post is like 9 days late, but just felt like writing it..

So here goes my 2009 compiled wisdoms..

1. Fresh basil works pretty great with boneless chicken wings.

2. Lower your expectations out of people, lower the disappointment.

3. Working as a developer sucks…..eventually.

4. When you see the negative signs, don’t ignore them. Sometimes your ‘guts’ know what they’re doin’..

5. Dell owns Vaio big time. More stable, more reliable.

6. The sooner the “No”, the better. Don’t delay the inevitable.

7. Nothing gives you serenity and peace more than does a close bond with Allah.

8. من جاء اليك فرُح اليه…. ومن جافاك فصدّ عنه

9. Always be grateful for the blessings you have. Your health, your family, and whatever it is we keep forgetting about..

10. Facebook’s approach to privacy policies is pretty crappy..

11. People who won’t stand up for you don’t deserve you standing-up for them!

12. Waffles are so easy to make, and taste amazing with chocolate syrup.

13. Don’t write long posts, nobody reads them.

14. The New World Order is for real. But who cares?

15. Don’t write about the New World Order. Nobody cares.

16. Don’t write boring posts about your boring stories. Nobody cares.

17. Don’t write.   Nobody cares!

18. ……………..

Sinfully Delicious Waffles January 5, 2010

Posted by Khawarizmiya in cooking, sweets.
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Away from conspiracy theories… Yes, this time* it’s waffles!

As usual, Better Homes & Garden‘s new cook book hasn’t failed me. This amazing recipe of Waffles found in the “Breads” section just tasted a-m-a-z-i-n-g! Of course, with a tasty addition of sweet chocolate syrup and fresh strawberry slices.

Sinful!

Ingredients

1 3/4  cups all-purpose flour

2  tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/4  teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 3/4  cups milk

1/2 cup cooking oil or butter, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla

Methodology

1. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

2. In another bowl beat eggs slightly, stir in milk, oil and vanilla. Add the moist mixture to the flour mixture. Stir just until moistened.

3. On a preheated waffle baker, pour around 1 cup of the batter into the grids. Close lid, don’t open until done; takes around 4 to 5 minutes.

4. Add chocolate syrup on top.. preferably Hershee’s. Add fresh sliced strawberries for maximum delight. Enjoy!

*Previously implemented recipes: Legendary Chocolate Chip Cookies, Martha Stewart’s Molasses Biscuits.

2010 January 1, 2010

Posted by Khawarizmiya in Uncategorized.
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When I was first asked about my resolutions for 2010, the first thought that crossed my mind was to work hard on strengthening my bond with Allah.

A bond which -when strong- brings peace & serenity to one’s heart and soul.. In fact, I can’t think of a time in my life I felt more content and stable than that when I felt closest to God — relatively speaking.

I’m not going to elaborate on 2010’s resolutions, but one thing I know for sure, there is no other relationship that should deserve as much attention and effort put into it as does our relationship with our own Creator.

Every day in 2010 willl bring us closer to the day we meet Him. May every day in 2010 bring our hearts closer to Him as well..  Amen.

"The Way of Life" - Mohammed W.B. (c)

Marriage: Mind Over Heart? Part II – Feedback December 23, 2009

Posted by Khawarizmiya in marriage, relationships, women.
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Previously, in “Marriage: Mind over Heart”, a question was raised..

How would you/did you choose your life-partner? Would you prefer to rely on logic, reason and your mind’s approval? or would you follow your emotions and count on your heart to point out the “right” person for you?

The feedback I got for that post was amazingly rich and diverse. For everyone who shared their opinions on the topic: MANY, MANY THANKS! This second part of the topic is to summarize the different views expressed by those commenters, who -fortunately- varied from males to females, single to married, and came from different origins!

And since I’m a list-addict, let’s list those opinions/views in a number of points to make things more organized (I don’t think I’ll be able to sum up all the points mentioned though):


LOL, Good One!

a) Marriage for Heart: Blind Decision?!

A considerable number of comments agreed that decisions taken-and approved-by one’s mind are more realistic, successful and usually last longer than those driven by one’s emotions — same applies to marriage. Some comments stated that since “love” is “blind”, if you build your marriage based on emotional attraction, you’re blinded -rather deceived- by your feelings and there’s a high probability you end up with the someone whose personality or background doesn’t go along well with yours. This could be a result of a number of reasons; he/she could be incompatible with yourself in different ways, or there could be certain flaws in his/her character that you had overlooked before, only to find out later that adapting to it is rather impossible, etc. In brief: it might turn out to be that he/she is someone whom if you had logically thought of as a spouse, you’d totally reject the idea of committing to them.. for one reason or another. Emotions don’t give you a chance to think. For most people, they’re “blind”. (Notice I am only summing up what other people had commented in the previous post..).

b) Physician’s Opinion: Do not go with hormones, they’re deceiving!

In support of point “a”, somehow, one medical doctor argued that the hormonal effects responsible for making one feel good about their developed feelings for someone can be deceiving. In her words:

The beginning of each relationship is observed to have a lot of hormonal effects; endorphins, serotonin, prolactin, all of which have feel good properties. These hormones, not love itself, give the feeling of “being in love”. Once these hormones fizzle, the love syndrome goes out the window, and the reality sinks in.

c) Mind approves, heart not following-up? Not a problem.

Some people argued that once your mind accepts someone and you find common interests and goals with them, and so on, then feelings might develop at some point.

d) Both Mind and Heart Approve? PERFECT.. only.. Impossible!?

I believe almost everyone agreed that having both your mind/reason/logic and heart/feelings/emotions confirm your decision and accept it, then you’ve got yourself a match! They also agreed that this situation rarely occurs.

e) If you have to choose between mind and heart, go for..??

And BECAUSE the situation described in “d” rarely occurs, you might find yourself sometimes in need of a big basket of blueberry muffins and a double scoop of mint chocolate-chip ice cream with caramel syrup.. to get your mind off all the thinking, confusion and hesitation. Should you reject someone for not finding “acceptance” from your heart towards them, but possibly regret it later? Or should you trust that your logical thinking will not disappoint you eventually?

If you read carefully what people said in the last post, you’d notice there’s a tendency for favoring mind’s acceptance and rational judgment of a person. One states..

I think characteristics, like respect, sharing, understating, trust, compromising, etc. These are the things that make a relationship work. because at the end of the day, marriage is a relationship, friendship is a relationship, but of course they differ in intimacy. That being said, of course you want some common grounds, you don’t want a person that is the complete opposite. I believe mind should play the larger part, love plays a part of course, but not to let love overpower reason or logic.

That almost wrapped up a lot of what has been said. Yes, like every relationship marriage needs to be built on mutual respect and good common grounds, but unlike every relationship marriage is a life-lasting bond that once knotted, you agree to spend the rest of your life with someone, to wake-up every morning next to them, to share their happiness and their sorrows, to be responsible for a new set of heavy duties and perhaps parental duties, later on. Some bond alright! And that, in my opinion, is what makes this topic pretty vital that many people can relate to it one way or another.

Again, many thanks for everyone whose contribution to this topic made it interesting and amusing — at least to me it was. *wonder why I don’t find that rich amount of interaction in conspiracy-theory posts?*

Be careful people, keep that behavior going on, and this series will keep running! You don’t wanna see us “discussing the issue endlessly” now, do you?

To be continued.. or Not.. Depends!